A review of les liaisons dangereuses by pierre choderlos de laclos

I was impressed by the skill of the author to create a plot that moved along smoothly within the confines of the epistolary structure. There are 4 other narrators that at most read 15 of the letters of the book. This article needs additional citations for verification.

Pierre Choderlos de Laclos

Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. By the time Valmont has succeeded in seducing Madame de Tourvel, he seems to have fallen in love with her.

On love, this from Danceny to Cecile: Valmont, on the other hand, is widely known for the impudent seducer which in fact he is. If only he had been able to handle his wounded vanity with more humour and more common sense One might wish to believe that the others are innocents: Both are sadists genuinely enjoying the pain of others, especially the pain they have caused themselves.

The Vicomte de Valmont himself is no more reticent about his own designs: Finally, many ultra-royalist and conservative figures enjoyed the book, including Queen Marie Antoinettewhich suggests that—despite its scandalous reputation—it was not viewed as a political work until the events of the French Revolution years later made it appear as such, with the benefit of hindsight.

A blood sample from either of them would break all records for sex hormone levels. Long phrases were not required to establish the fact that, when each of us possesses all that is necessary to ruin the other, we have a like interest in mutual consideration: Madame de Tourvel, having been treated abominably, has every reason to be prejudiced against him, indeed to hate him.

JVioland Jul 14, An absolutely magnificent novel! The book was viewed as scandalous at the time of its initial publication, though the real intentions of the author remain unknown.

Les Liaisons dangereuses

Her only consolation, such as it is, is her outlasting Valmont in their mutually destructive relationship. Both are sadists genuinely enjoying the pain of others, especially the pain they have caused themselves.

Each character has their own way of speaking, of language used, of expressions included. What you call happiness is but a tumult of the senses, a tempest of passions of which the mere view from the shore is terrible.

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The book was inspired by an earlier English novel "Clarissa" but it seems that this one is the one with greater depth in the psychology. Secondly, all the characters in the story are aristocrats, including the virtuous heroines—Madame de Tourvel and Madame de Rosemonde.

She portrays her devout and happily married character persuasively without relying on melodramatic effects. It draws you inside the minds of the characters with a vengeance. The Vicomte is quite intelligent enough to recognise both.

However in conquering Madame de Tourvel, he seeks something far worse - he wants to get her to fall in love with him and to submit to him, even though she has been warned about his reputation.

Translated by Ernest Dowson — There is even a note in the back of the book which suggests that she even overcame her deformities caused by smallpox and continued her way of life in Amsterdam. I give that 4 stars. Merteuil and Valmont had once been lovers, but they are smart enough, and frank enough, to know this was not it.

Merteuil promises Valmont that if he seduces Madame de Tourvel and provides her with written proof of seduction, she will spend the night with him. Dominant among the libertines are the Marquise de Merteuil and the Vicomte de Valmont, followed closely by their associates: Jealous, Merteuil tricks him into deserting Madame de Tourvel—and reneges on her promise of spending the night with him.

But she never does. Yes, Les Liaisons is an ultimately degraded experience for both the characters and readers….

They are no more likely to be forgotten than Hamlet, Heathcliff or Captain Ahab. Her face is left permanently scarred and she is rendered blind in one eye, so she loses her greatest asset: They are "the first [in European literature] whose acts are determined by an ideology".

Madame de Merteuil, for her part, seeks to control the action of both Valmont and the young innocents, as well as have affairs in ways with men that lead to them disgraced in society, and her reputation unsullied. The main narrator is very good.


This is high intrigue, deception, envy, jealousy, manipulation, innocence lost, love lost at its best. No doubt I receive M. Film adaptations include the marvelous period piece with Glen Close and John Malcovitch and also the modern adaptation Cruel Intentions with Buffy the Vampire slayer which is ok.Les Liaisons dangereuses (French pronunciation: [le ljɛ.zɔ̃ dɑ̃.ʒə.ʁøz]; Dangerous Liaisons) is a French epistolary novel by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos, first published in four volumes by Durand Neveu from March 23, All about Reviews: Les Liaisons Dangereuses by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos.

LibraryThing is a cataloging and social networking site for booklovers/5(65). Based on the novel by Choderlos de Laclos and written for the stage by Christopher Hampton, LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES debuted in England in and had several different productions, with most of the original cast, before a successful run in.

Written by Choderlos de Laclos, Audiobook narrated by Dominic West, Janet McTeer, Una Stubbs, Elaine Cassidy, Adjoa Andoh, Edward Holcroft, Morfydd Clark. Pierre Choderlos De Laclos What made the experience of listening to Les Liaisons Dangereuses the most enjoyable?

Pierre Ambroise François Choderlos de Laclos was a French novelist, official and army general, best known for writing the epistolary novel Les Liaisons dangereuses. A unique case in French literature, he was for a long time considered to be as scandalous a writer as the Marquis de Sade or Nicolas-Edme Rétif/5.

Les Liaisons dangereuses (French Edition) delightful, insightful, and mind-blowing of a read it was. Writing this review is making me want to read it again.

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